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n. preoccupation with the physical functioning of the body and with imagined ill health. In the most severe form there are delusions of ill health, often associated with underlying illness, such as depression. When symptoms reach the level sufficient to be classified as a disorder, it is called hypochondriasis (in DSM-IV-TR) or hypochondriacal disorder (in ICD-10). Treatment with reassurance, antidepressant drugs, and/or psychotherapy is usual, but the condition is often chronic. —hypochondriacadj., n.

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